Union Hill Day School

Montessori Philosophy

The Montessori Philosophy focuses on the development of the whole child, preparing him/her for all of life’s experiences. This philosophy was developed by Maria Montessori (1870 - 1952). It is based on her observations that children have a tremendous ability to learn from their environment without conscious effort, especially from birth to age six.

Montessori education recognizes the importance of all developmental areas, including a child’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual needs. It focuses on each child’s uniqueness and their inner clock of learning. A Montessori teacher is trained to recognize these stages and introduce materials and activities that are designed to stimulate growth in these areas.

"The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six. At no other age has the child a greater need of intelligent help."

Maria Montessori